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The Meadows, Gloucester

Thomas Eakins, American, 1844 - 1916

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

31 15/16 x 45 1/8 inches (81.1 x 114.6 cm) Framed: 38 x 51 1/2 x 3 inches (96.5 x 130.8 x 7.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Thomas Eakins and Miss Mary Adeline Williams, 1929

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Eakins closed the Gloucester series with a brief flirtation with the Barbizon- or Impressionist-inspired styles that were then popular in American exhibitions. The Meadows, Gloucester, the only finished pure landscape the artist would ever undertake, was based on a photograph of the marshy pastures east of the banks of the Delaware River. The loosely applied paint eliminated the minute detail that necessitated projections, and Eakins chose instead to enlarge the photographic image by the squaring-up method traditionally used to transfer drawings to canvas.